Some Right Now Action Steps

Big thanks to Laurie Osmond who has been stepping up in the Woodstock community to keep tabs on the transition in the white house, we have some info to share on how you can take some actions. See below:


  • One minute action: send ONE email addressed to: (GAO = U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Tim Minelli and Katherine Siggerud = officials at the GAO.)

Subject line: Investigation of Donald Trump’s financial concerns

Dear Ms. Siggerud and Mr. Minnelli,

I’m writing in support of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s and Rep. Elijah Cummings’s request for an investigation into Donald Trump’s finances. Neither Mr. Trump nor his family have drawn a clear line between his Presidency and his company, which raises serious questions about how he intends to avoid conflicts of interest as President. An investigation is essential immediately.


  • Call Senators Schumer and Gillibrandto let them know how you feel about Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions, Rex Tillerson, Scott Pruitt to name a few. U.S. Capitol switchboard (202) 224-3121(Don’t forget to thank your Senators for coming to the marches in DC (Gillibrand) and NYC (Schumer).


  • Speaker Paul Ryan’s poll on Obamacare. Please support the ACA (202) 225-3031— option 2 for the poll. Then option 1 to support Obamacare. The line might be busy but please call back.  Also call John Faso’s offices 202.225.5614 DC, 845.514.2322 Kingston


  • There are articles about people being turned away at the Canadian border because they wanted to attend the Women’s March.  They were asked if they were Trump supporters, their cars were searched, their cell phones inspected. Please read both these articles, then call: US Office of Customs and Border Patrol.  Their public comment number is at the CBP INFO Center MondayFridaybetween 9am-4pm EST877 227-5511.  Call until you get through.  Also if you have any press connections or credentials, call their Office of Public Affairs at 202-344-1770, press 9 to reach a person.  Here are the articles:

March Protesters Turned Away At Border

Canada Border Agents Deny Entry Into US                                                                

  • The Women’s Marchorganizers have created 10 Actions in 100 Days.  Please bookmark this page and take those actions!



  • TUESDAY 1/24– Visit Your Senators’ Home Office

Tomorrow is a day of in-person, nation-wide action to try to convince our Senators to block Trump’s unacceptable cabinet picks. Find your Senators district office locations and plan to go there tomorrowTuesday – bring friends and family! Your message is simple – ask them to reject Trump’s cabinet picks.  Eve Fox sent this out, and has created a website where you will find out more. Go there and sign up for her updates.  Thank you Eve!


  • Citizen Action NY – Action Night (every Tuesday5:30-8:30pm 7 Grand St., Midtown Kingston)



Pilgrim Pipeline/Crude Oil Kingston Forum: The Proposed Pilgrim Pipeline: What Ulster County Citizens Need To Know. Educational forum and discussion. 1-4pm  Kingston City Hall, 420 Broadway. Panelists will include Jeremy Cherson of Riverkeeper, Sue Rosenberg of Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline, and Jen Metzger, a Rosendale town councilwoman and a member of Citizens for Local Power. A short film, “Hudson River at Risk 6: A Pipeline Runs Through It,” will be presented by Jon Bowermaster, writer, filmmaker and six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council.

SUNDAY 1/29 

  • Citizen Action NY10:00a – 5:00Organizer Training. (RSVP required



  • Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley Day of Actionin Albany is an annual event with Family Planning Advocates that gives us the opportunity to lobby. Over 1,000 people have already registered statewide, and they need more people from the Mid-Hudson Valley. Sign up here – the bus is free and lunch is included.
  •  SATURDAY 2/4 – Jewish Voices for Peacehas a local chapter and has been working against Islamophobia.  Next meeting will be Saturday, February 4th at 11am, in Saugerties. If you are interested in attending, PLEASE RSVP to and they will send you details. Updates on FB page:
  • SATURDAY 2/4 – Cuba Unbound: Travel, the Embargo and Poetry.  7-10pm Community event about Cuba Travel, the effects of the embargo on the Cuban people. We will also have readings of contemporary Cuban poets that we have met in Cuba. The event will include a slide show with recent pictures from Cuba as well as updated information about the Cuban embargo. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock.
  • THURSDAY 2/95:30pm-8:00pm A SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Ulster County coordinating group met recently. That group is comprised of those who committed (via the Interests, Commitments & Skills Survey,) to play a coordinating role. SURJ UC is now registered as an official chapter. A cornerstone of each SURJ chapter is the establishment of accountability partner relationships with organizations led by people of color. The next SURJ UC public meeting: Kingston Library, 55 Franklin St., Kingston, NY 12401

Please RSVP here:

  • MONDAY 3/13– NYCLU Day of Action 9am-4:45pm, NY State Capitol, Albany

Register at

  • Make a point of attending your local town boardor school board meetings.  Even if it’s every couple of months, go and become informed.

1/25 Onteora Board of Education 6pm, Bennett Elementary School

1/25 Kingston Board of Education 7pm Crown St.

2/7 Saugerties Board of Education 7pm

Kingston has a comprehensive online calendar of meetings:


“As many as 80 ambassadors for countries, agencies and issues – such as the ambassador for global women’s issues – have been discarded at once.

The move now threatens leaving many countries without Senate-confirmed envoys for months and cutting off a direct line to the President, and some in countries which have sensitive relations to the US.”

That includes our Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, which opens up An Interesting Possibility for New York

  • Bill In The House To End U.S. Membership In The United Nations:  HR Bill 193 TextIt has been referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) 202.225.4111Here Are The Committee MembersContact them and voice your support for the U.S. remaining in the United Nations and ask your friends in other states to do so too.



  • Read through “Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting The Trump Agenda” It contains best practices for making members of Congress listen.




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